Insomnia is a condition that is suffered by way too many people. In some places, people seem to suffer more from it, while other places –they haven’t a clue what it is because it is a non-issue. Why? Well we will get into why it happens here. We’ll discuss a little bit more about how insomnia works and what some of the triggers are. Understanding insomnia is the first step in fighting the battle for better sleep.
What is insomnia?
Insomnia is simply a condition that means the sufferer has issues falling asleep. It can manifest as not being able to fall asleep until the early hours of the morning or for some it means you can’t sleep for several days at all which is the most debilitating. The more common type happens to those who can fall asleep in a reasonable amount of time–but then awaken a few hours later only to not fall back asleep. This is an irritating and even life-changing issue. Many wind up taking sleeping pills that can be addictive or make you feel groggy upon awakening or even sleep walk and have night terrors. It is not always a comfortable route to take when seeking help. Each person will react differently to a sleep remedy.
What are the triggers?
The rise in insomnia cases has sky rocketed to the point that children are actually becoming insomniacs. In some cases with ADD (Attention deficit) on the rise, anti ADD medications are sometimes the cause of insomnia in kids, but so is stress which is the sad part. Kids are growing up in a world with added stress. This is why understanding insomnia is only half way to an effective treatment–whether it is a pill or therapy it is half the battle. Stress is the number one cause other than some medications one may be taking. Believe it or not, antidepressants are also a cause for insomnia that is very common. Zoloft and Xanax are two drugs reported to be a link to those suffering insomnia.
Technology has long since been a link to insomnia in adults and children as well. This is because the brain is not meant to be stimulated by computer screens for the duration that it is now. The reason is it never gets the chance to make the right amount of melatonin which is the hormone that tells us to go to sleep. The suggestion is to turn off the monitor at least an hour before bedtime.
With this look into understanding insomnia, you are more likely to win the battle for better sleep. But if you find that you still can’t get your mind to settle down before bed, try talking to your doctor for a more comprehensive approach to treatment.